LIGHT WORK: Halls Gap artist Sara Bowers at the launch of her Reflections-Refractions solo exhibition in Natimuk’s Goat Gallery for the Art is… festival on Sunday. The exhibition continues at the weekend. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI WELL LIT: Daniel Earl, known as Earl, of Halls Gap and Pomonal s Chris Betts examine a lighting sculpture by Halls Gap artist Sara Bowers at the launch of her solo exhibition in Natimuk s Goat Gallery for the Art is… festival on Sunday. The exhibition continues at the weekend.
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ON KEY: Piano students Prue McAllister of Banyena and Les Harding of Horsham practise with Simply Music piano teacher Unmani of Wal Wal at Natimuk Farmers Market Plus during the Art is… festival on Sunday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

HOP TO IT: Melbourne Anti Racism Action Band members MK Ali and Joe D Oliveira perform in Horsham United Musical Mayhem as part of the Art is… festival in Wesley Performing Arts Centre on Saturday. Pictures: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

SING OUT: Melbourne Anti Racism Action Band member Zain Mehrez entertains in production Horsham United Musical Mayhem as part of the Art is… festival in Wesley Performing Arts Centre on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

ORGANISERS for Horsham’s annual Art is… festival plan to keep the festival’s new June date.

The 2012 festival ended on Monday and was on for 11 days, including the Queen’s birthday long weekend. Last year’s festival was in April.

This year’s festival manager Kate Finnerty, who will remain manager, said the date change worked well.

“We will probably keep the 11-day format,” she said.

“There was enough on to have events spread out, so people had more of a chance to see things.

“We would like the Future Present mentoring program to keep going, to support emerging artists, and the new experience with Melbourne’s Anti Racism Action Band has been great; they started a cool relationship with Wimmera dancers.

“Seeing a lot of young people working with the band, it was a very rewarding process.”

The festival’s weekend events included a photography competition and a Wimmera Women’s Circus hula hoop-making workshop in Horsham on Saturday.

Natimuk’s Main Street hosted Natimuk Farmers Market Plus, an exhibition launch at the Goat Gallery and a gig by Minus Dan in the National Hotel on Sunday.

The Goat Gallery exhibition, featuring mixed media works and lighting installations by Grampians artist Sara Bowers, continues on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm each day.

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